INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The field is set, the pole sitter has been chosen, the Carb Day concerts are over and race day has arrived.
Just after noon, drivers will start their engines and begin the 98th Indianapolis 500. Here are the stories that make this year’s race a little different.
- Jim Nabors will sing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” for the last time at the Indianapolis 500. It’s a long-standing tradition for him since he sang it in 1972. The schedule has Nabors slated to sing at 12:04 p.m.
- Driver Kurt Busch is trying something special: competing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca Cola 600 on the same day. The Coca Cola 600 is at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. If he’s successful, Busch will be the second driver to ever accomplish it. Indiana-native Tony Stewart is the only driver to successfully drive all 1,100 miles on the same day, though others have tried.
- Three-time champion Dario Franchitti will be at the Indy 500 as a spectator for the first time after injury forced him away from the driver’s seat. He’ll be a part of the festivities by driving the pace car this year, but he won’t be competing.
- No free parking spots in Speedway can be reserved by cones or other property. All street parking is first come, first served, or people face fines.
- Ed Carpenter will be sitting on the pole for the second year in a row. Finishing out the rest of the first three rows, in order, are James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Marco Andretti. Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and J.R. Hilderbrand. Click here to see all the drivers.
- Who will win? It’s anyone’s guess. Click here to see winners from the previous races.